University of Chicago Residence Hall

Chicago, Illinois / United States of America

This university student housing complex was designed for 800 students with associated amenity, dining, retail and private outdoor space. The diagonal organization of the site plan and the compact tower form create a porous pedestrian gateway into the campus. A new public quadrangle is created at this entry and an elevated private outdoor terrace is provided on top of the podium. 
The composition of the design is framed around the university's "house" system, consisting of two "communities" of four "houses". The house/community organization is also intended to be explicitly defined throughout the experience of the common areas. The communities are expressed in the overall building massing as two distinct cuts of massing, integrated with a mid-level commons area overlooking the campus. A strong sense of identity for both the houses and the communities is designed throughout the interiors of the spaces. A flexible interior design framework is provided at the "hub" areas of each house for the students to transform the spaces uniquely based on a predetermined kit of parts.

Architect of record

Ralph Johnson
Perkins + Will
330 N Wabash Ave., Suite 3600
Chicago, IL 60611, United States
Phone: 312-755-0770

General contractor